BDO World Championships
- Venue: Lakeside Country Club, Surrey
- Date: 7-15 January
Coverage: Live on BBC and ESPN, reports and scores on BBC Sport website
Atkins delights in "hardest ever" victory over Walton
Former world champion John Walton bowed out of the BDO World Championship after losing 3-1 to Yorkshire rival Martin Atkins at the Lakeside.
Seventh seed Walton, who won the 2001 title, won the first set but struggled to hit his doubles after that as unseeded Atkins closed out victory.
Another seed to be knocked out was Jan Dekker, who fell 3-2 to fellow Netherlands player
Another Dutchman through is
Willy van de Wiel
who beat Dave Prins 3-0.
Number two seed
also avoided an upset, beating fellow Englishman Andy Boulton 3-1.
survived Clive Barden's comeback to win 3-2, while
brushed off the challenge of Martin Phillips with a 3-1 victory.
DID YOU KNOW?
- John "Boy" Walton has lost in the first round on four occasions since winning the BDO title in 2001
rode his luck a little before overcoming Garry Thompson 3-1 in another all-English clash.
However, it was Atkins who took the headlines for his shock defeat of Walton.
"I was confident I'd give John a good game but I didn't think I'd win," Atkins told BBC Sport.
"But John will always give you chances as he misses a few doubles."
Defending women's champion
cruised through to the semi-finals with a 2-0 victory over Lisa Ashton.
It was an emotional victory for Gulliver, whose mother Muriel died two days before the tournament began.